Nowra’s Steve Dodd the face of NAIDOC Week’s beginningPHOTOS

POB Mathew Goward, WO Colin Watego, (front) Korean War veteran Steve Dodd and ex-navy Glen Luland celebrate the beginning of the 10th NAIDOC week in the Shoalhaven at Shoalhaven City Council chambers on Monday.KoreanWar veteran Steve Dodd represented the opening of NAIDOC week celebrations on Monday.

Better known within the indigenous community as Mulla Walla (flying fish), Mr Dodd said this year’s celebrations wereimportant to recognise the military contributions and sacrifices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“I wouldn’t miss it [the celebrations],” he said.

The 10th anniversary will celebrate this year’s theme: serving country, centenary and beyond.

Gerry Moore from Habitat Personnel said this year’s celebrations were also a chance for the indigenous community to remember fallen tribal warriors.

“Aboriginal Warriors like Broger who defended Wodi Wodi women and the sacred cedar forests of Kangaroo Valley,” he said.

“Yager,one of our local worriers from the Jervis Bay area … many will not even be aware that such great warriors existed.

“Our people were heroic in combat and served their country and their families proudly as well.”

Mr Moore said NAIDOC week celebratedtheentiretyof Aboriginal culture, achievements and history.

Mayor Joanna Gash raised the Australian flag alongside the Aboriginal flag at the Shoalhaven City Council chambers and thanked everyone for being there.

A barbecue lunch was held in Harry Sawkins Park giving guests the opportunity to share stories and celebrate the beginning ofNAIDOC week activities in the Shoalhaven.

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